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Lighting egg with alcohol


Go ahead guys, rip it up.
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  • DMWDMW Posts: 11,152
    Over here the only thing getting lit with alcohol is the egg operator. I use an electric starter.
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  • I buy 91% isopropyl alcohol from Walmart.  Cheap.  Biproduct is carbon dioxide and water (no smell).  I just pour a little (<1/4 cup) on the lump, wait about 20 seconds, then light it.  Works great for me.

    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • berndcrispberndcrisp Posts: 1,030
    thanks VI
    Hood Stars, Wrist Crowns and Obsession Dobs!

  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 2,108
    It's kinda scary to agree with VI, but that's exactly the way I do it on my mini. :D
    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • SaltySamSaltySam Posts: 499
    I love cheap and effective workarounds. Thanks fellas! This is awesome.

    LBGE since June 2012

    Omaha, NE

  • AcornAcorn Posts: 163
    Never tried this method, interesting. I currently use an electric starter while I consume the alcohol. I believe your breaking the law if you light a grill in Georgia with out a cocktail ?!?!
    Atlanta, GA  - LBGE -
  • NPHuskerFLNPHuskerFL Posts: 16,469
    I use starter cube. And a few times have used my mapp torch for quick relight.
    LBGE 2013 & MM 2014
    Flying Low & Slow in "Da Burg" FL
  • My buddy told me that if you ask the pharmacist for 100% alcohol, he/she will give it to you without a prescription.
    Mark Annville, PA
  • Alcohol is hygroscopic by nature and can seldom be found in it's pure 100% state.  That is why grain alcohol (Everclear) is listed as 190 proof, 95% pure.  Just opening the cap on a bottle and pouring some out will allow moisture from the air that replaces the alcohol to be naturally absorbed. 

    Is there any issue with bone black or whatever the denaturing material that is used today being a contaminant?

    A poor widows son.
    See der Rabbits, Iowa
  • My buddy told me that if you ask the pharmacist for 100% alcohol, he/she will give it to you without a prescription.
    91% is plenty strong.  It acts just like charcoal lighter fluid.  If you don't wait for a few seconds, it will "explode" when lit.  Let it soak in a bit, and it will light up smoothly.

    Dripping Springs, Texas.
    Just west of Austintatious

  • 55drum55drum Posts: 151
    Been using alcohol for the pasr few great....also tried cotton balls with vaseline...that works well too.......burns really hot for quite a while..........
  • ShiffShiff Posts: 1,686
    I start my charcoal using 91% alcohol purchased at Walmart. I use a pencil to poke a tiny hole in the seal and then  squirt a little alcohol in 4 places in a circle about 4 inches in from the outside rim of the charcoal. Then a little squirt in the center.  Wait a few seconds then toss in a match.

    Alcohol burns clean and quickly starts the charcoal. It is very safe as long as you stand back a little when dropping in the match.  The warmer the day, the more  it evaporates before lighting and can cause a flash.  In the winter, it doesn't evaporate and I actually have to hold the match at the squirt points.
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    Barry, Lancaster, PA
  • Agree on the alcohol - cheap and works perfectly.  I include a rolled paper towel longways under a little lump to additionally add a wick effect...
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